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Container ship set for Charleston involved in Chesapeake Bay collision

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PORTSMOUTH, VA (WCSC) - A container ship scheduled to arrive at the Port of Charleston this weekend was involved in a collision with another vessel in the Chesapeake Bay, according to the Coast Guard.

Officials say the MSC Charleston, a 1065-foot container ship, collided with the Petite, a 79-foot rig vessel, in the Thimble Shoal Channel on Tuesday around 7:30 p.m. The collision was reportedly caused by strong winds.

Authorities say there were no initial reports of damage, pollution or injures to either vessel. Both vessels were anchored pending a Coast Guard investigation. 

According to a South Carolina Ports vessel report, the MSC Charleston is scheduled to arrive at the Wando Welch Terminal on Saturday. No word at this time on if the incident will delay the vessel from arriving on time.

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